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The Japanese Army and Navy


Published 1943


Although this film was made by the War Department, the fingerprints of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) are all over it. In thirty minutes, the film details the background of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, and attempts to assess the character and make-up of its footsoldiers and leadership. The movie discusses the feudal origins of Japan, and the rise of the Samurai, contextualizing modern Japan's militarism with its earlier history. The history of Japan's imperial conquests is also recounted, and shown through captured enemy newsreels. These feature fascinating footage of Japanese Army and Naval units, including ships, aircraft, tanks, artillery, etc., and even shots of Japanese troops conducting winter combat exercises.


Run time 34 minutes 55 seconds
Producer U.S. War Department
Audio/Visual sound, black and white
Language English

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